When Fox News first began broadcasting, it was obvious they had a hard right-wing bias in their reporting. They were soon relegated to one of my random stops while channel surfing. The next time I actually spend viewing time there, I was shocked by how slanted their broadcasting had become. It had for all intents and purposes, ceased to be news. It had evolved into 24 hours of neo-conservative spin. My stops there became even less frequent. I would occasionally go there to see how they were reporting a major news story. Sadly, I knew that many Americans got their news from Fox. I pretty much dismissed Fox as an extremist outlet for the conservative agenda. However, my attitude changed after reading Al Franken's book, "Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell". I began to see a much more sinister aspect of Fox. I had witnessed them taking liberties with the truth, even embellishing the facts. Al Franken's book exposes a network which totally fabricates stories. They are flat-out lying. With these fictional facts, they go beyond falsely reporting the news, they are creating it. I had been led to believe, part of the FCC licensing requirements, for a news franchise, was to uphold journalistic standards. I must be mistaken. There is no conceivable way Fox could pass even cursory review. That is unless their WH cohorts, ordered their FCC appointee to perform a 'dog and pony show' during their certification process. regardless of how they have managed to keep ejaculating their filth, there was no question in my mind that they were clearly deceiving many conservatives and moderates. A recent documentary has awakened me to how detrimental to America Fox has become. I do not know how many of you have watched the Bill Moyer's documentary, "The Buying of the War". It is exceptionally well done, and very disturbing. It chronicles how the Administration and the Media almost became inseparable, promoting the case for war. What Fox was doing however, goes far beyond making the neo-conservative case. The term used in the program was 'Patriot Police', and 'Slime Patrol'. Anyone who disagreed with the Administration was labeled "a bad American" (Bill O'Reilly). He is shown saying, "If you disagree with this President in times of national emergency, and this is a time of national emergency, well let's just say we are going to spotlight you!". Even the news icon, Dan Rather felt the intimidation, "Everyone was intimidated, and scared....no one had to send you a memo, you just knew". Donahue found out the hard way. MSNBC was coerced into canceling his show a few weeks before the invasion. A leaked memo (NY Times), said, "Donahue presents a difficult face in a time of war (and needs to be cancelled)". Every media outlet must have free reign to present the news as they see it. When Fox uses fear, influence, retaliation and coercion, to prevent others from fairly reporting, they have crossed over the line. They have then made themselves the sole source of information. Fox is way over that line. How can Americans make informed decisions, if they only get to hear one side of the story? I recently called and spoke with one of the individuals in Bill Moyer's documentary. He said he was speaking as an individual, and asked me not to quote him directly. He told me that a lot of people in the media and in government would "sleep easier" if Fox could be "taken down a couple notches". I asked him why no one is doing it, and he said, "you might loose and there would be a heavy thud". It would be better for the public to do this. They are the only ones outside of Fox's reach. But, we in the media do not see a great deal of effort, and certainly not follow through on the publics part". To those of you who were aware in the 60's and 70's, do you think this would have been tolerated back then? No way. Fox would be sucking on a pipe bomb. I am not advocating violence, just pointing out how much we have given up over the past 30-40 years. People used to be informed, aware of the world they lived in. Now, we have 401K's and reality TV. I have not been assimilated. I am still part of 'the struggle'. How about you? I cannot think of a more important thing (other than stopping the war) than to get the truth back in front of our citizen's eyes. Defanging Fox would go a long way toward that end.